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77 Days in September | [Ray Gorham]

77 Days in September

On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.
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Publisher's Summary

On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America. The blast, an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), destroys every electrical device in the country, and results in the crippling of the power grid, the shutting down of modern communications, and bringing to a halt most forms of transportation.

Kyle narrowly escapes when his airplane crashes on take-off, only to find himself stranded 2,000 miles from home in a country that has been forced, from a technological standpoint, back to the 19th century. Confused, hurt, scared, and alone, Kyle must make his way across a hostile continent to a family he's not even sure has survived the effects of the attack. As Kyle forges his way home, his frightened family faces their own struggles for survival in a community trying to halt its slow spiral into chaos and anarchy.

77 Days in September follows Kyle and his wife, Jennifer, as they are stretched past their breaking point, but find in their devotion to each other the strength to persevere.

What is an EMP?

An EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) is a magnetic pulse that overwhelms, and thus destroys, all electronic devices exposed to it. It is the most serious threat faced by a technologically advanced society. An EMP can be human caused, through the detonation of a nuclear bomb high above the atmosphere, or natural, through a severe geo-magnetic storm. In multiple reports prepared for Congress, scientists predict the complete destruction of modern American society and question our ability to ever recover if we are the target of an EMP attack. Further, some predict the death toll in America in the aftermath of such an event to be in excess of 200 million.

About the author: Ray Gorham lives in the small farming community of Shepherd, Montana with his wife and five children. He runs his log-home business by day and writes in the evenings, on weekends, and whenever the weather keeps him inside.

©2011 Ray Gorham (P)2012 Sunny Day Audiobooks

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    Anthony J. Hunter Indianapolis, IN 07-01-14
    Anthony J. Hunter Indianapolis, IN 07-01-14 Member Since 2014

    I love books, but reading makes me sleepy. Hence, my Audible account! :)

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    "Great Story... A Bit Abbreviated."
    What did you love best about 77 Days in September?

    The determination and drive of Kyle.


    Have you listened to any of Joseph Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have listen to Joseph Morton before. I love Joseph Morton's narration. He has the perfect voice, pace, and inflections for audio books.


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    Scoot Tennessee 12-12-13
    Scoot Tennessee 12-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Hallmark Story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is more of ladies love story than an adventure book


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was ok for a very non realistic love story that just happened to be set in a dark and sad time.


    Which character – as performed by Joseph Morton – was your favorite?

    The hero and his wife (also a hero) seemed to be great people, just living in some kind of fairy tail instead of a dire situation.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This might be great for the ladies in the world who would value a girls love story, but very disappointing to those looking for some realism in what the country might be like after a major disaster. People crying "please don't hurt me, I just want us all to be friends", I don't think so.....

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    Kyle R Dallas, TX 10-21-13
    Kyle R Dallas, TX 10-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Stroy - If only it would turn out this well!"
    What did you love best about 77 Days in September?

    1. A man's journey against all odds to get back to his family.

    2. The both good and evil encountered along the way.


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    Tom Lutz, FL, United States 10-05-13
    Tom Lutz, FL, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to 77 Days in September again? Why?

    Yes, we would listen to this book again. Very entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was fiction but plausible in today's world.


    What does Joseph Morton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a great job of expressing the writer's intended moods throughout the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    The wife and I listen to audio books as we travel and I can tell you this book was one of the most enjoyable we have listened to lately. The story kept our interest and the reader did a fantastic job. We keep looking for Ray Gorham's next book but nothing yet on Audible.com

    T&J in Tampa FL

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    Mike Putnam CT 09-12-13
    Mike Putnam CT 09-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.

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    "Not a bad listen"
    What made the experience of listening to 77 Days in September the most enjoyable?

    I like these type of survival stories, after the big one or a nuke, what the country might be like after a devastating event.


    Would you recommend 77 Days in September to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was a good listen, there were times I was really enjoying it and then there were some low points but I guess that is what the author intended so I would keep listening.


    Have you listened to any of Joseph Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but he did a pretty good job, male and female voices were noticeable along with accents and children.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it was a steady listen, I was getting ready for an emotional ending but it did not come


    Any additional comments?

    There were times when I felt there was to much details and then there were times I felt there was not enough details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Lee 07-08-13
    Robert Lee 07-08-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a truck driver that loves Audible! It is a wonderful way to "read" all the books I want to, with out having to stop working!

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    "Not Bad"
    What did you love best about 77 Days in September?

    Joseph Morton, the narrator did an excellent job of reading the story and kept me interested in a story that was a little unbelievable in some parts.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe a bit more on the main characters travels and maybe had a companion with the main character on the majority of the travel.


    What about Joseph Morton’s performance did you like?

    Joseph Morton kept my interest going with his reading. He did a great job of changing characters, especially the female characters. You could definitely tell who was talking by his change in voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had no extreme reaction with this book. Being a truck driver I knew the route the main character was taking to get to his home and the possible run-ins he would have. I was excited about the part when his wife had to defend herself and kids from the local idiot/crazy guy.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that the author put the weather as an element that the main character had to deal with, because that is something many author's of these types of stories seem to leave out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer South Dakota 05-28-13
    Amazon Customer South Dakota 05-28-13

    GreenShoes

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    "Horribly underdeveloped characters and story line"
    What did you like best about 77 Days in September? What did you like least?

    The general story line of a non nucear EMP ElectroMagnetic Pulse against the United States shutting down almost all things electronic is a very real threat that could have an amazing amount of promise, far better than the zombie craze which has becomes so popular.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Gorham again?

    Joseph Morton did a good job reading the fairly flat story of one man's attempt to get home to his family after such a horrific event when few cars run and no mass transit or communication is available. The scientific inconsistencies of the story will likely frustrate more educated readers on the subject, but Joseph's narration still makes it palatable. The overly simplistic writing made me constantly wonder if I had picked up a book more written for teens than adults.


    Which character – as performed by Joseph Morton – was your favorite?

    There really wasn't a favorite character since the two main characters in this story spent a lot of time being either stupid or naive, putting themselves or their family in needless danger. The least favorite character was unfortunately a large part of this book, the creepy sexual predator sheriff that continues to stalk the wife of the main character. The purposely agnostic nature of the book forced a necessarily shallow depth to the story and the characters which leaves far more questions than answers. Truly, it reads more like a rough draft than a finished story. Knowing a lot of people from Montana, neither of the two main characters were believable.


    Did 77 Days in September inspire you to do anything?

    The subject was so intriguing I will definitely look for more books along this same scenario. Hopefully one with more complex and realistic plots/subplots, characters, and storyline that isn't afraid to show the spiritual side of people that tends to accompany such a dramatic event.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RBK 05-10-13
    RBK 05-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Despressing and a Slow Listen"
    What did you like best about 77 Days in September? What did you like least?

    The premise for the story, devastation caused by an EMP, was great, and I listened to the first couple chapters with great anticipation for ensuing elements which never were delivered.


    What was most disappointing about Ray Gorham’s story?

    Rather than develop a story on the after-effects of the atmospheric nuclear explosion, the author chose to focus on a single person in pursuit of his family in an unrealistic walk across the country. Would have liked to have known what was happening on the government level, who our allies might be in that situation, how the rest of the world might respond to the incident, etc.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joseph Morton?

    The narrator was slow and mundane. Monotone. Maybe he was cast for the job because of the dour nature of the book itself.


    Could you see 77 Days in September being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh no. Too depressing for the reality-show mentality of today's audiences.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott United States 05-09-13
    Scott United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Rather Absolutely Amateurish Apocalypse"

    As a huge fan of apocalyptic fiction, I was severely disappointed. The book is written and read as if it is for someone of a 1st grade intellect. The characters are not compelling, and do not build any suspense which would normally be basic in a fiction novel. The author, under the surface, puts into small attempts at proselytizing towards the reader that are annoying. This is certainly not consisten with the genre, and should be avoided if that is your expectation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 04-14-13
    David 04-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Survival thriller with moral fiber to chew on."
    What did you love best about 77 Days in September?

    The title says it all. A morality thriller breaking through, leaving the 'preachy' at the door step.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 77 Days in September?

    Lubbock. I had a good laugh there. Read and see what I mean.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No thank you, and I'll always be grateful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A joy to have a book that brings 'conscience' into the limelight.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy the read, you'll learn a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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